This paper proposes a parametric model for saccadic waveforms. The model has a small number of parameters, yet it effectively simulates a variety of physiologic saccade properties. In particular, the model reproduces the established relationship between peak saccadic angular velocity and saccadic amplitude (i.e., the saccadic main sequence). The proposed saccadic waveform model can be used in the evaluation and validation of methods for quantitative saccade analysis. For example, we use the proposed saccade model to evaluate four well-known saccade detection algorithms. The comparison indicates the most reliable algorithm is one by Nystrom et al. We further use the proposed saccade model to evaluate the standard technique used for the estimation of peak saccadic angular velocity. The evaluation shows the occurrence of systematic errors. We thus suggest that saccadic angular velocity values determined by the standard technique (low-pass differentiation) should be interpreted and used with caution.